So K2 woke up in the middle of the night with a sudden and intense cough, and had a really hard time even breathing; it seemed like a mid-night ER visit for sure, but I just sat her on the sofa with some Vicks Vaporub on her chest, and she eventually calmed down and could breathe easily enough to sleep.
The next morning, we borrowed my sister's pediatrician, who confirmed the kid didn't have pneumonia or ebola or whatever, and who said to put the Vicks on the soles of the kid's feet, then put some socks on. "No seriously," she said, "I know it sounds weird, but it works. I do it with my kids every time."
And I'll be damned, it sure did, K2 slept like a cough-free champ.
But now I'm baffled. Did the camphor-on-feet thing really work? Or is it just as likely that my ordering a bacon cheeseburger at Crown Burger for dinner last night was enough to cure her croup? Or maybe she just got better.
It all seems hokey, or mysterious, and now I wonder if this is going to be our superstitious ritual, or maybe there's an actual explanation? Because it's pretty impressive.